Critic Consensus: "Infected" kicks the rejuvenated show into overdrive, skillfully contrasting big horror-action set pieces with intimate character development.
as Rick Grimes
as Daryl Dixon
as Maggie Greene
as Carl Grimes
as Hershel Greene
as Beth Greene
as The Governor
as Morgan Jones
as Jessie Anderson
as Spencer Monroe
Critic reviews for Infected
[The creators] have managed to make Rick, Carl, Michonne, and even Beth all more worthy of the audience's consideration by underlining how their collective experience has made them hesitant to become emotionally invested in anyone or anything.
We had the creepiness of zombies in prison showers and wandering the halls of Cell Block D. We had a tearful goodbye to dad (we hardly knew you).
"Infected" was another successful episode in this rejuvenated (albeit young) fourth season, just different enough from The Walking Dead's raw formula to make the show feel new again.
Despite the quality of the overall acting, the best fundamental of the episode was that the havoc was wreaked by the actions (or lack thereof) of the characters themselves.
Welcome to episode 2 of the fourth season where everything is terrible and the points don't matter! The Walkers scare me to no end, but this mysterious traitor is even more sinister.
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